During the winter doldrums, it’s fun to sew up something cheerful and tropical, and dream of warmer days ahead. This week Bonnie made the Sew Liberated Aida Top, a sweet short-sleeved button-up shirt with a curved hem. The gorgeous magenta rayon batik was just the pick-me-up we all needed during a grey Missoula January! Read on to discover what Bonnie learned while making this shirt.
According to the pattern envelope, the Aida is that perfect top that will go with everything from jeans to slacks to skirts. It can be dressed up or down, and can be worn loose, tucked, or even belted. We love a pattern with versatility! There are two different views: one without gathers at the front and back yokes, and one with. Bonnie opted to make View B, with the gathers, since this pattern does not have darts.
Fit & Alterations
Bonnie originally made this pattern in a size 12, but ended up taking it in. The finished garment was closer to an 8 or a 10. It’s worth noting that this pattern runs a little large, so if in doubt size down! Unfortunately, the pattern does not include finished garment measurements. Bonnie used a French seam for the sides of the garment, just to give it that extra bit of polish and durability. (A serger is handy, but there’s just something about French seams that says “quality”!)
One of our favorite things about this pattern is how beginner friendly it is. There is just one page of instructions, and they are helpful and well written for even a novice sewist. (Plus, it includes a download code to access a full video tutorial online!) The neck and button band is actually quite easy to apply, and buttonholes are actually optional: the top will slip over your head if you just want to sew it down and add decorative buttons! Overall? It’s a winner!